CultureTECH and other Voices combine for tec comp

Pictured at the launch of the Other Voices Digital Challenge in London are (L-R) Philip Gilliland (Londonderry Chamber of Commerce), Muireann Kelliher (Other Voices), Mark Nagurski (CultureTECH) and Philip King (Other Voices). Photograph courtesy of Eamonn Power
Pictured at the launch of the Other Voices Digital Challenge in London are (L-R) Philip Gilliland (Londonderry Chamber of Commerce), Muireann Kelliher (Other Voices), Mark Nagurski (CultureTECH) and Philip King (Other Voices). Photograph courtesy of Eamonn Power

Teccies have been challenged by a new competition to come up with the very best in innovative digital ideas.

The Other Voices Digital Challenge, launched in partnership with CultureTECH, Derry’s annual digital festival, boasts a €10,000 prize fund.

“The early and enthusiastic embrace of digital technology and its possibilities has been at the core of our journey at Other Voices over the last decade,” says As Other Voices Series Editor Philip King.

It has been the ultimate enabler in how we platform to the world from our home at the very Western edge of Europe – bringing the unique, the local, the intimate musical experience of Other Voices to global audiences.

“Following on from our recent successes in bringing Other Voices to the UK Capital of Culture, we are delighted to take the next steps on the journey with CultureTECH and Derry-Londonderry.”

Submissions are being sought from companies and individuals across the UK and Ireland, with the top six ideas, as selected by an industry panel, being given the chance to showcase their ideas as part of the CultureTECH festival in Derry this September.

CultureTECH festival Director Mark Nagurski says winners will get much more than the prize pot.

“Other Voices have created a really simple brief which outlines the kind of ideas we’re interested in.

“Anyone can submit an idea - whether it’s already being developed or not - and we’ll bring the top six to Derry to tell us more in front of a live audience.

“Other Voices will then pick two overall winners, who will receive €5000 each and the chance to work with Other Voices to develop their ideas further, before heading down to Dingle in December to put them into practice.”

“The cash prize is obviously great, but for a startup technology company - or just someone with a smart idea - the opportunity to work with Other Voices, get access to world-class artists and showcase their technology to a global audience is the real incentive.”

Full details are available online at www.culturetech.co/ovchallenge